Do butterflies – particularly monarchs – fascinate you?
Create an attractive haven for these wonderful migratory insects by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a place where you can observe these flamboyant Lepidoptera at your leisure. At the same time, you will help protect a migration phenomenon that is unique in the world and, unfortunately, in decline.
For your monarch oasis to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:
- Choose a quiet location for your garden, sheltered from the wind and sun.
- Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
- Maintain your garden an organic manner: be tolerant of insects and remove those that are unwanted manually or with a jet of water. Refrain from using any pesticides.
To improve and enrich your garden, you can also:
- Plant a variety of plants to prolong blooming, thus attracting more pollinators.
- Provide an area of wet sand between the flowerbeds, where the butterflies can drink.
- Use compost and natural fertilizers (make wise use of these).
- Become an Ambassador for the planet and promote organic gardening practices to your neighbours, colleagues and friends.
Tip sheet: Create a monarch oasis
Did you know that …
Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are not edible for birds. Most birds that eat them get sick and avoid repeating the experience. So you can easily combine a monarch oasis with a bird garden, if you want to enrich your My Space for Life Garden experience.
We also invite you to sign the David Suzuki Foundation’s Monarch Manifesto.